In an interview with BBC, Former world boxing heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, revealed the real reason he turned down a rematch with British-Nigerian world champion, Anthony Joshua.
Klitschko’s career ended twelve months ago after he was knocked out by Joshua in the 11th round in a thrilling heavyweight contest.
However, in the immediate aftermath of the bout, fighting fans from around the world were desperate to see the two greats go at it again.
But Klitschko turned down a $30million (£22m) rematch and decided to instead hang up his gloves.
Speaking with BBC, Wladimir Klitschko revealed why he rejected Joshua’s offer for a rematch.
“The way I boxed was the way I acted my life.
“I have to make sure everything sits.
“And I knew my stocks went up after I lost for some weird reason, but it was the most complicated and difficult decision of my life ever.
“For 27 years I’ve been doing it and then when you know you gotta pull the plug that’s it, it’s done.
“So I was saying to myself ‘Wlad c’mon man you gotta make a decision’, because one day I’d wake up and say yes I’m gonna go for it, then second day I’d wake up and say wait a second it’s about AJ, it’s about rematch.
“So you have to be honest with yourself what is your gut feeling saying coz [sic] as soon as your brain turns on, you’re gone,” he said.